The Hidden Oasis

The Hidden Oasis

by Paul Sussman
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The Hidden Oasis by Paul Sussman

2152 BC, Egypt – As the 94-year reign of pharaoh Pepy ll draws to a close, with the Old Kingdom disintegrating and anarchy slowly engulfing the Nile Valley, fifty priests set out under cover of darkness into the Western Desert, dragging with them a sled on which rests a mysterious object swathed in cloth. Four weeks later, having reached their destination, the priests calmly slit each other’s throats, the last one left alive falling on his own sword.

1988, Georgia, USSR – A plane takes off from a small airfield near the recently decommissioned Mtskheta nuclear research facility, bound for the Sudan. On board, a cargo that will fundamentally tilt the balance of power in the Gulf. Somewhere over Egypt’s Western Desert the plane disappears.

The present, Egypt – A group of Bedouin traveling near the southern edge of the Great Sand Sea discover a desiccated corpse half buried in the dunes. With it they find a Soviet-issue compass, a camera and a notebook on whose pages are scrawled a confused jumble of figures in a script they don’t recognize.

Shortly afterwards doctor Freya Hannan, 32, arrives in Egypt for the funeral of her elder sister Alex, a desert explorer who has lived in the Middle East for the past fifteen years. Recently diagnosed with a degenerative neurological condition, Alex has taken her own life. Freya is met at Luxor Airport by a colleague of her sister’s, who drives her the 515 kms to Dakhla Oasis where Alex lived. Only one other non-Egyptian is present at the funeral: Professor Flinders ‘Flin’ Brodie, 45 - tall, rugged, handsome - a world authority on pre-dynastic Egypt. The funeral over, Freya spends the next few days sorting through her sister’s possessions and finding out more about her suicide. As she does so, she becomes increasingly uneasy. How was Alex able to inject herself so neatly with an overdose of morphine when her physical condition made it difficult for her even hold a pencil? Why was the morphine syringe held in her right hand when she was left-handed? And why had she chosen this mode of suicide at all given her lifelong detestation of injections?

When the aforementioned Bedouin turn up at Alex’s home with the objects they have found in the desert, explaining that she had promised to pay them for news of any unusual remains - especially Soviet remains - discovered out in the western wilderness, Freya realizes that it is not only her sister’s death that raises questions, but her life as well. And when the Bedouin mysteriously disappear, Alex’s home is broken into and the objects stolen, Freya realizes that her own life could depend on finding the answers to those questions.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780802198952
Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
Publication date: 09/14/2010
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 528
Sales rank: 456,526
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Journalist Paul Sussman has worked as a field archaeologist, and was part of the first team to excavate new ground in the Valley of the Kings since the tomb of Tutankhamun was found in 1922. His previous novels, The Lost Army of Cambyses and The Last Secret of the Temple were million-copy international bestsellers. He is married and lives in London.

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The Hidden Oasis 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
EasyWriter More than 1 year ago
Pick up this book and you'll find yourself spending longer on the treadmill, missimg more meals and finding less time to vegetate in front of the TV. With his third offering, Sussman has come up with a story that is so much fun it will briefly take over your life. Tell your family it will only be temporary. Get ready for ancient Egyption myths, modern Middle East politics, creepy arms dealers, fanatical CIA agents and am ending deep in the Sahara that will keep you turning pages.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wasn't familiar with Sussman's books. I love the history, archaeology, and characters. Lots of twists and turns which mixed together to make this a great book.
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out-of-focus More than 1 year ago
The Hidden Oasis was a good story, written well, and original, however I hold the publisher responsible for all the glaring editorial errors: misspelled words (once, even a main character's name was misspelled), grammatical errors, line breaks. This was so distracting that it was not a smooth read. How frustrating it must be for the author, and how embarrassing it should be for the publisher. I was amused to see that there were also misspelled words on the publisher's website. However, if you can get through all the editorial oversights the book is fun to read.
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harstan More than 1 year ago
In Egypt, former CIA operative Alex Hannen commits suicide. Her estranged sister American mountain climber Freya arrives in Cairo for her funeral; but even before reaching Egypt, she has had a hard time picturing Alex killing herself. In Cairo, Freya quickly concludes that her sibling was murdered because the doctor who ruled suicide had no idea her sister could not have injected morphine into herself as Alex was down right phobic in her fears of needles. Though they had a schism Freya vows to get justice for her sibling. Frey becomes friends of Alex's buddy, pre-dynasty Egyptologist Flin Brodie, who is working a dig in the western desert in search of the legendary lost for almost four millennia at theOasis at the End of the World of Zerzura. As he gets closer to the find of the century, Flin and Freya are soon in deep trouble from assassins who may be working for the government. The third Egyptian archeological thriller (see THE LOST ARMY OF CAMBYSES and THE LAST SECRET OF THE TEMPLE) is a fast-paced action-packed thriller that keeps reader attention throughout even with some enigmatic late implausible twists. Like its two predecessors the story line has a modern day Indiana Jones like feel to it as one thing leads to another especially when Freya and Flin meet. Fans will enjoy Paul Sussman's solid though by the book suspense saga as the lead couple appear reaching their end in ironically a paradise Oasis at the End of the World. Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ok, bn. Harriet klausner just cost you another sale. Why pay good money fir the book when this plot spoiling so called reviewer just told everything that happens? Pleaae do something about her already. Ppl ate sick to death of her.